Merikarvia

Merikarvia Puukoski

IN THE FOAMING RIVER MERIKARVIANJOKI

The river Merikarvianjoki was the first migratory fish river in Finland whose estuary is protected by a voluntary net-fishing free zone extending five kilometres from the estuary to the open sea. All Finland's river spawning salmo-noids breed naturally in the river Merikarvianjoki. Sea trout, salmon and migratory whitefish can freely swim up the river to the 24-km long fishing waters. There are also plenty of grayling, river trout and stocked rainbow trout. The fish population is maintained through generous re-stocking, fishing regulations and restoration of the rapids area. The river Merikarvian-joki is an area of natural beauty and has many rapids. Varying in width between 15-50 metres, the river is excellent for fly fishing and spinning. Its water is brownish, but clear. The height drop in many rapids in the fishing waters totals some 30 metres. There are some 12 km of rapids that can be fished on both banks and extensive still waters. Average flow rate is some 15 m3/s. Since there are few lakes in the area, the fluctuations in flow are quite high as in the waterways in Lapland. At the end of April beginning of May, and in the autumn, flooding may hamper fishing. On the other hand, floods bring migratory fish to the river. At times in summer, low water levels can be a nuisance, although then is a good time to catch rainbow trout, grayling and river trout. It only curbs the upward migration of fish. Especially large migratory fish - sea trout, salmon and whitefish - can be caught in the spring and autumn. During periods of little rainfall in the summer, water flow is often just 2-5 m3/s, when the river provides a real challenge for astute fishermen. However, this is when its easiest to find where the fish are and fishing with small flies and lures can yield good catches of grayling, trout and rainbow trout.

Fishing techniques

The river and rapids are very diverse, thus in practice enabling all kinds of casting-based techniques. Techniques need to be varied depending on the season and water height because these dictate the catch. Wading is easy, since the river has a firm bed. Some of the rapids are rocky and can be fished both upstream and down. The Lankoski natural channel is ideal for fishing on a very small scale - although it's still possible to catch a large fish. Except for Puukoski, downstream fishing is recommended in the rapids along the main watercourse. It's worth taking advantage of deep areas of still water and flows since there are often better chances of catching some thing there than in the rapids. Naturally this depends on the species of fish.

Fishing tackle

Spinning or fly-fishing depending on choice. In periods when there is plenty of water, lures are nearly as good as flies in some places. In spring, mostly sizes 1/0 -8 streamers, salmon flies, wet flies and nymphs are used. For lures use 5-10 cm wobblers, spinners and jigs. Colourful wobblers, gold/orange and silver/red work well. In summer, size 18-8 insect imitations, 10-4 streamers and salmon flies are highly recommended, as are 2-5 cm wobblers. In autumn, lure size can be increased with water height. This is when natural flies and lures -preferably during the night -come into their own. Waders are a must. The entire gamut of flyfishing equipment ranging from single handed equipment to a 13-foot two-handed salmon rod are in use. Likewise spinning equipment. Light jig rod and heavy salmon rod can be used depending on the time of year.

Quality and description of accommodation

Accommodation is in the Kortteeri Oiva building, which formerly served as housing for Lankoski power plant employees and was renovated for accommodation in 2001. The quarters are heated in winter and can be used throughout the year. Oiva comprises four twin rooms and a large communal living space. Each room features a television, plenty of cupboard space and room for an extra bed. The beds are ready made and towels are provided.

Time 1 May - 30 June and 1 August - 31 October

FISHING IN THE RIVER MERIKARVIANJOKI

Groups are received at Lankoski and accommodated in Kortteeri Oiva. The package is full-board and includes accommodation, all meals, the services of a guide and transfers to different rapids along the river. Fishing is for 6-12 hours, depending on the time of year. A guide takes the group to the best rapids at any particular time or goes along with the group's wishes. The fish caught depends on the season.

Group size 4-8 persons

Price From €250 per person/ day

Baltic salmon 50-100 cm

Grayling

20-35 cm

Rainbow Trout stocked 40-65 cm

Baltic salmon 50-100 cm

Grayling

20-35 cm

Rainbow Trout stocked 40-65 cm

Whitefish

20-50 cm

Sea Trout

40-65 cm

Brown Trout

30-50 cm

Pike stocked 40-100 cm

Whitefish

20-50 cm

Sea Trout

40-65 cm

Brown Trout

30-50 cm

Pike stocked 40-100 cm

Tour operator, bookings and further information

Lankosken Mylly

Anne ja Jukka Ruissalo

Vaasantie 83

FI-29790 Tuorila

Tel: +358 2 551 4191

Mobile: +358 400 879 783

Fax: +358 2 551 4210

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